In a statement put out this morning, NCARB reiterated its unequivocal stance against unpaid internships as part of a program to up licensure
By Matt Hickman
In a statement put out this morning, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) reiterated its unequivocal stance against unpaid internships. The reaffirmation comes as part of a larger effort spearheaded by NCARB and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) to identify and eliminate the barriers, financial or otherwise, that many emerging architects confront along the frequently bumpy path to licensure.
In their 2021 Baseline on Belonging: Examination Report released last month, NCARB and NOMA highlighted how factors including firm support (or lack thereof) and financial limitations disproportionately impacted older candidates and candidates of color, particularly women, while prepping for and taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This rigorous six-part exam is required by all state licensing boards and passage is a critical step in securing an architectural license. A previous report Baseline on Belonging: Examination Report published by NCARB and NOMA identified the myriad effects that race, ethnicity, gender, age, and firm size can have on candidates earning and tracking documenting practical professional experience toward the Architectural Experience Program (AXP).
In today’s statement, NCARB made clear that the practice of bringing on interns without financial compensation only deepens existing barriers. Furthermore, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization emphasized the fact that since launching the AXP framework in 1977, it has “expected—and later required—that employers compensate all students and licensure candidates for their work, regardless of duration or experience level.”
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